• Legislative update week 6

    February 21, 2016

    Legislative update week 6

    Surviving the Funnel

    We’re six weeks into the 2016 legislative session and we’ve just passed our first real hurdle of the year. Friday marked the first funnel date of this year’s session. The “funnel” is a legislative deadline that each bill much reach in order to continue the legislative process. There are multiple funnel dates throughout the legislative calendar. They serve to keep the session moving forward and keep it from getting bogged down with oodles of extemporaneous bills.

    We’re extremely proud to say that FIVE pro gun owner bills backed by the Iowa Firearms Coalition have successfully passed through the first funnel. The following bills are still active for 2016:

    Each of these bills have passed out of committee and will soon be voted on by the entire House of Representatives. Votes on all five of these bills are expected this Tuesday, February 23rd. That also happens to be the same day as our Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Capitol (more on that in a moment).

    Uphill Climb

    Thanks to all of you who’ve helped get these bills to this point. While others in Iowa spend their time talking about the number of sponsors their bill had, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our members are getting votes passed out of committee, organizing legislative lobby days, and schooling legislators and the media on pro gun owner issues. We sincerely mean it when we say that our members are second to none. You folks are the ones getting things done.

    Let us make one thing clear though, things are going to get more difficult. In the legislative process each step forward is more difficult than the last. Our side has managed to build up a fair amount of momentum. But that forward progress will come to a grinding halt if we fail to keep active and keep the pressure up. Last year was a perfect example, our omnibus bill was quite literally attacked from all sides. Iowa based “#GunSense” groups, New York City lobbyists funded by Michael Bloomberg, even other gun owners from Iowa all worked together to kill our bill. The point is there’s no shortage of people who want to see our bills fail, which means it’s critical that each and every one of you takes an active role to help move things forward.

    Second Amendment Day

    We have a tremendous opportunity for you to get involved. In less than 48 hours we’ll be holding our 2016 Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Capitol. Hopefully you’ve heard about it by now, but if not please click the link above for specifics and join us on Tuesday in the state capitol. We’ll get the day started at 8AM and we expect to see votes on the five pro-gun owner bills in the House of Representatives sometime in late morning.

    Come stand with us and a legion of other Second Amendment advocates. We’ll also be joined by the National Rifle Association, and the American Suppressor Association. We’ll be giving away t-shirts, stickers, and providing talking points to make it easy to send a strong message directly to your legislators. As an added bonus, we expect to see several pro gun owner bills voted on in the House. Come see the legislative process in action first hand, and let’s give these pro gun owner bills a firm push into the Senate!

    More updates to come. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • What Every Shooter Should Carry at the Range

    August 10, 2015
    A case for for first aid kits at the gun range.

    Is your range bag truly complete? If it doesn’t have a first aid kit, the answer is ‘No.’

     

    You go to the range to practice and prepare but are you actually prepared while at the range?

    It is something none of us like to think about. We follow the rules of safety and encourage others to do so too. But what if the unthinkable happened and there was an accident at the range. Would you be prepared?

    When I go to the range or travel I carry several items in my vehicle in case of emergency. Among them are a general medical kit with items such as band aids, gauze, ice packs, aspirin, bottled water, bug spray and an overall assortment of items that myself or someone else might need.

    The second most important item I carry is a trauma kit geared towards gun shot wounds (GSW). My actual trauma kit is in its own small pouch or pack that I can take with me to the bench or slip into my range bag with my other gear. It is actually small enough to be worn on my belt without being in the way. The items I have in my trauma kit are:

    C.A.T – Combat application tourniquet                                                       

    Is your range bag ready for a day of shooting?

    A basic first aid kit could literally mean the difference between life and death.

    Halo sterile chest seal patch 

    4″ quik clot combat gauze  

    Nitrile gloves

    Sterile trauma dressing 

    2 6″ Rolled sterile gauze

    Scissors 

    Trauma reference card 

    These items alone are relatively inexpensive or you can actually find some pre-prepared kits with these items included. I like to keep it simple and found they were actually cheaper to purchase separately.

    A person doesn’t have to become a EMT or take lot of training to learn to use these effectively. Taking a basic first aid course is always a good idea. Getting CPR certified is fairly easy and there are basic trauma first aid courses around too. The Army Combat Trauma Course is readily available for download as a PDF and it is a pretty easy to read and understand manual. Here in Iowa, and in most states there are good Samaritan laws where someone trying to render aid is not liable. Statistics have also shown that a large majority of serious wounds to the torso or limbs are survivable if general aid is applied on-site or while still in the field

    So if the unthinkable happen would you be prepared and wouldn’t you want to be?  Please give this some thought and consider making some of these things part of your range equipment. As with everything, we hope for the best but should prepare for the worst and just a few simple items might someday turn a fun day at the range into saving a life.

    Go Safe

    Steve Hensyel

     

    Steve Hensyel is a guest writer for the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Hensyel is the owner of Hawkeye Firearms Instruction and an IFC past president.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • Stop Hurricane Katrina style confiscations — Support HF45

    February 11, 2015

     

    We’re working to keep Hurricane Katrina style gun confiscations from ever happening in Iowa. Rep. Matt Windchitl has introduced House File 45, an emergency powers act that would keep scenarios like the one seen above from playing out here in Iowa.

    Use our “Email Your Legislators” tool to tell Iowa’s lawmakers to support HF45 and other pro-Second Amendment legislation

    HF45 would prohibit the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would keep Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

    More specifically, during times of emergency it would keep government officials from: prohibiting, regulating, or curtailing the lawful use of firearms, or ammunition. They also could not suspend or revoke concealed carry permits or permits to acquire. The also could not seize or confiscate legally owned firearms or ammunition.

    Under this bill government officials could not force a gun shop to close down, or limit their operating hours, while other businesses in the area are allowed to remain open. Gun shops could be closed down only if all businesses the area are also shut down.

    If a person’s Second Amendment Rights are unlawfully violated during times of emergency under this bill that person is allowed pursue legal action to get their firearm and ammunition back. The government that unlawfully confiscated the firearm or ammunition would also be responsible for the victim’s court costs and attorney’s fees.

    Use our “Email Your Legislators” tool to tell Iowa’s lawmakers to support HF45 and other pro-Second Amendment legislation


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.